January 16, 2012
We had the pleasure of staging this vacant newly remodeled Los Angeles house into a home that buyers will love. The seller, a smart investor, wanted to show buyers how they can place their furnishings in a relatively small area. When vacant, the Living/Family Room, which is open to the kitchen and dining areas, did not appear large enough for the furniture. We show buyers how to make these rooms work.
Below are the BEFORE and AFTER photos:
BEFORE Home Staging the Entry
It is critical to show your buyer how they can live in a home. Leaving them guessing for how they can place their furniture will only motivate them to move on to the next house for sale. These sellers know the importance of answering those questions for the buyer through home staging.
If you are interested in selling your home faster and for more, call Michelle Drewry, Realtor and home stager at 213-392-1901.
March 31, 2011
Staging The Essentials of Glendora, CA was the home staging company called in to put our home staging expertise to work for this South Pasadena, CA home. This fabulous pool home, great for entertaining, is now fit for any buyer.
We were glad the sellers took the recommendation to paint the wooden panels. The house looks so much brighter! ‘Lighten and brighten’ is certainly on the list for home staging if they want to attract more prospective buyers to their South Pasadena home.
Here are some BEFORE and AFTER Photos to give you an idea of the improvements.
We recommended replacing the chandelier and removing the mirror on the wall (left) in the dining room.
The sellers removed the shelving, washer, dryer and refrigerator in the kitchen to open up the space. The buyer can opt to replace the appliances or move the washer/dryer to another location.
Now this looks like a Master Bedroom in the AFTER photo!
We created a more cheerful place for the boy’s bedroom.
We created a room any girl would love to have.
Staging this house now allows prospective buyers to see what a great home this can be.
Michelle Drewry, Realtor – Century 21 Adams & Barnes – direct line 213-392-1901. Call today for more information about selling and staging your home.
February 8, 2011
Are you getting ready to sell your home and need to paint? Don’t know which paint to choose?
As a professional home stager in Los Angeles and The San Gabriel Valley, it is essential to stay up to date with information that is relative to staging and helping sellers get the best for their money.
In their March 2011 issue, Consumer Reports tells us not to assume that greener is better. While many green paints may have a reduction in VOC (volatile oxidizing compounds) they do not have an elimination of these compounds.
The Green label paints had some varying in their ability to stand up to fade resistance, hiding (requiring more paint) and cleaning.
Consumer Reports goes on to say that “Greenguard and Green Seal, environmental certifications based on VOC content and the presence of hazardous substances, are issued by independent organizations. But Green Sure and Green Promise are self-awarded by manufacturers – Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, respectively.”
What does that label really mean?
- Green Seal
- Green Sure
- Green Promise
Consumer Reports Ratings for Green label paints. Find out what’s behind those labels and which paints have the highest ratings.
Michelle Drewry, President and owner of Staging The Essentials Staging homes in Los Angeles, The San Gabriel Valley and North Orange County.
Call today for your “Market Ready Report” 213-392-1901
November 23, 2010
Planting flowers in winter may be exactly what is needed for those who find themselves selling a house during the winter months. You will be glad to know there are steps you can take toward creating colorful curb appeal as part of your home staging plan. Flowering plants that have adapted to surviving the colder temperatures are available in most every area.
1. If your flowering bed area does not face south (maximum sun exposure) then select an area that receives the most sun possible. Select shade plants if there is little sun.
2. Find your planting zone to select the flowers that are best for your area. You can easily find your planting hardiness zone by going here to the USDA Hardiness Zone Finder and putting in your zipcode.
3. Once you’ve found your planting hardiness zone, start researching winter plants for your zone on the internet. This gives you an idea of what the plants look like when selecting 2 or 3 types that go together. There are also flowering shrubs that will look nice among flowering plants.
For those living in snowy climates, small evergreens look nice with snow on their branches.
4. Plant your flowers a little farther apart during the wet winter season to allow air to circulate – drying up excess moisture to prevent plant mildew.
Plant the shorter plants in front in order to allow the taller plants to receive sunlight.
5. Water and fertilize according to directions for each type of plant. For those snowy climates, you may not need to water. In fact, it is best not to water unless the temperature is at least in the 40’s (Farenheit.) This prevents freezing.
For those warmer climates in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, you will have an easier time selecting and planting. Your local Garden Nursery should carry plants for the season or at least be able to give you direction for planting in winter.
It is possible to create beautiful curb appeal even during winter when you need to get your house sold.
Michelle Drewry, Principal Designer and Professional Home Stager of Staging The Essentials a Los Angeles Home Staging company located in Glendora, CA (San Gabriel Valley)
Call today for a “complimentary” quote for work to be done. 213-392-1901 or contact us.
October 15, 2010
By now many of us are at least familiar with the concept of home staging in Los Angeles. Even if we don’t know that its name is called home staging, we have seen model homes staged with furniture and accessories and know that’s what they do to attract a buyer. Some might call it decorating to sell.
Many of us are also familiar with a GPS and what it does for directing us to our destination when we’re not familiar with where we are going. If you’ve used a GPS at least once and have over shot a turn you were directed to take, you have most likely heard the pleasant voiced woman or man say the phrase “recalculating” or something similar. The next phrase she/he speaks is “when possible make a legal U Turn.”
Wouldn’t it be great if we had a GPS for directing us exactly what to do to sell a house quickly and for more money? Well, guess what, we do have such a GPS. It’s called home staging. A professional home stager can give a seller an exact road map for what is needed to sell fast and for top dollar.
If you’re an agent or homeowner needing to sell faster and for the best possible price, “make a legal U Turn” and contact Michelle Drewry a professional home stager in Los Angeles to guide you to your selling destination.
At Staging The Essentials we take the stress out of selling your home. Let us take your house from “on the market” to SOLD! Call us today for a complimentary quote at 213-392-1901.
BEFORE and AFTER
Home Staging a Guest Bedroom
By switching the bed with the credenza, we gave the perception of more space in this room. Also changing the bedding to one that is more grown up and has broader appeal will help to sell this home. Now that’s a Home Selling GPS that works!
Contact Michelle Drewry, Accredited Staging Professional at 213-392-1901 to discuss your staging needs.
September 28, 2010
Are you getting ready to sell your home? Here is a great example of why home staging works. This past week my husband purchased a new “used car” for his own use. He spent 2 weeks pondering which one of 3 or 4 of the same model to purchase. He checked out all of the features on each one – comparing and contrasting. One was a super deal and everyone in the family was trying to persuade him toward buying this particular one. In the end, he made his choice. Do you know what his final choice was based on? The color and appearance!
So how does this relate to home staging? I asked him if he were to walk in on the lot and all of the cars were lined up in primer gray with varying body styles, no carpet, no paint, etc., and if the salesperson were to show you several samples of paint chips, carpet swatches, and seat cover material, optional features and their location within the car, would you have been able to make your decision? His answer was, “Not without a lot of added stress.”
So when a home buyer begins to search online, they want to see a home that has been put together for them. They don’t want to have to guess or imagine how it can be. They want to know what they see. Let’s take the stress out of home buying and present houses as they should be, ALL PUT TOGETHER. Home staging makes it easier to say YES to the sale.
BEFORE and AFTER Photos: This home sold with a full price offer!
Home Staging Helps You Sell Your Home Faster and For The Best Price!
Take the stress out of selling your home and call us today for a home staging Consultation and a “complimentary” quote. 213-392-1901 or visit us online.
Michelle Drewry, Accredited Staging Professional. Owner and Principal Designer of Staging The Essentials – a full service professional home staging company – fully insured and licensed.
August 4, 2010
Arcadia home sellers need home staging tips from a professional home stager when selling their Arcadia home.
It’s easy to put a “For Sale” sign in the front yard, but more importantly it is what you do to make the most of what you have. The house has a price tag, and your job as a seller is to show buyers it is worth the price tag. It’s not enough to show buyers how you live in your home. Your home and lifestyle are specifically comfortable for you and may very well not appeal to a broad number of buyers. You also may not be playing up the best features of your home. It is worth the time and money to have an in-home consultation with a professional home stager. A home stager can tell you what needs to be done from maintenance and updates standpoint as well as the best way to feature your furnishings. Home stagers can add their own accessories to showcase your home for the buyer. They can also tell you what will not bring you a good return for your money.
In the beginning, when your house first goes on the market, you will get the most interest from prospective buyers and real estate agents alike. 90% of all home buyers are looking at photos of homes online before ever selecting which homes they will see. If you have not made your best first impression for online photos and in-person visits to your home, the interest will wane, and price reductions will be on the table. Why take that chance with your most valued possession? Home staging always costs far less than your first price reduction. Call a professional home stager to help you sell your Arcadia home faster and for the best price.
Michelle Drewry, Accredited Staging Professional®, owner and principal designer at Staging The Essentials. Helping you sell faster and for the best price. Call today for your complimentary bid 213-392-1901.
July 19, 2010
Home Investors looking to sell in the Inland Empire or San Gabriel Valley can sell faster when staging their vacant houses. Houses are selling, but you have to do the things that allow your house to sell. Home staging is one of the best ways to ensure your chances of selling in less time (and time means $$$) and for the best price.
Home Staging Statistics in Home Staging of various vacant homes indicates staged homes are selling within the first month or two and often at the first open house after staging. In those instances, sellers re-coup their staging investment plus. Sellers have a significantly increased chance of getting their asking price or closer to it after staging.
If you are a Home Investor needing to sell a home quickly, call Michelle Drewry, Accredited Staging Professional at Staging The Essentials, a professional (licensed & insured) full service home staging company, 213-392-1901. All vacant home staging bids are at no charge within our area.
May 23, 2010
Home staging in Los Angeles has become irrelevant! As a home stager in Glendora and Los Angeles, that statement doesn’t sound right. But, seeing houses (not staged) and on the market might lead someone to believe this is true. It’s as ludicrous as stating that caring about one’s appearance has become irrelevant?” On the contrary – people care now more than any other time in history about their appearance and are willing to go to great lengths to achieve that “staged” look. Believe it – this has a direct correlation to home staging the home for sale. Society’s pursuit for beauty and youth has created a market, hence the shift of doctors in every type of practice dipping their hands into the plastic surgery pool.
You might look at Los Angeles|Glendora home staging in a similar way. Home staging is like a face lift for the house. The similarities are that people really are impressed with appearance. It makes them feel good to imagine leaving behind their own life of clutter, over-crowding, and just plain too familiar surroundings. Home buyers want a fresh start. They want to feel good about themselves, envision life being better than it is, and this is what they are willing to pay for. The home staging market is out there, but how many are targeting their market?
The home seller who creates this vision in their own home wins the Buyer. It shouldn’t be a surprise when a staged home looks beautifully put together and has the appearance of running well, that the Buyers somehow translate that over to themselves. Yes, it actually makes them feel that if they lived in that beautiful home, their life would be beautiful and well put together.
If given the chance, everyone wants to live the “beautiful” life. Why not let your buyer find it by staging your home for sale? There is a whole market willing to pay for the “beautiful” life that staging a house can bring. This market has been largely untapped by home sellers and the real estate profession. Let’s make it a winning team effort!
Michelle Drewry, ASP® Principle Designer - Staging The Essentials
Helping you get your home SOLD quickly and for top dollar!
May 21, 2010
Whether selling a Los Angeles|Glendora home or any other home, curb appeal or staging the exterior has become expected. Southern Californians have the advantage of lots of sunshine to our benefit. But, if you don’t live in Los Angeles|Glendora and you need to get a quick tip for selling a home, here’s an inexpensive fix this Glendora home stager has used for boosting your garden’s beauty within the week. Apply 1/2 to 1 cup of Epsom Salt around each rose bush or any type of flowering bush, water and watch them bloom. (For those not familiar with Epsom Salt, you will find it over the counter at the pharmacy or grocery market.) It costs around $2.00 to $3.00 for a half gallon. Very inexpensive!
Our spring gardens don’t have to bear the marks of the ravages of winter. Get ready to watch your garden blossom before your eyes! You just might find yourself with the best curb appeal in the Los Angeles|Glendora community.
By the way, the photo above is a rose bush lovingly fed with Epsom Salt.
Helping your get your home SOLD faster and for top dollar!
Michelle Drewry, ASP, Principal Designer
Staging The Essentials is a Los Angeles Home Staging Company located in Glendora and servicing Azusa, Arcadia, Glendora, the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire.